Wests Tigers have today announced the appointment of Grant Mayer as the Club’s new Chief Executive Officer.
The Board last night endorsed the appointment after reflecting on the high level of dedicated service provided by Mayer as Chief Operating Officer over the past two months, which has provided the Club with some significant challenges.
“We felt it was important to be decisive to demonstrate to our players, staff, sponsors and the game’s administrators that Wests Tigers are in strong hands and are ready to face the future. This was a unanimous decision by the Board," Club Chairman Mike Bailey said.
“Our operations benefitted from his past experience immediately he was elevated following the departure of Stephen Humphreys. We were very fortunate to have Grant on board since last year, giving him time to become involved with issues affecting Wests Tigers before taking on this key role.
“Grant deserves congratulations from the Board and all involved with the Club as he continues to develop initiatives he has been developing over the past couple of months to put Wests Tigers on a stronger footing to strengthen its player profiles and sponsorship deals for improved results in the future.”
“Grant is passionate about this Club and he has consistently shown strong leadership at all levels of our operations,” Di Girolamo said.
“He has been openly and strongly communicative with the Board. Grant has worked very well with the chairman and myself and I look forward to working him with the future.”
Mayer joined Wests Tigers in the role of General Manager of Commercial Operations last October after holding a similar position for three years at AFL Club, GWS Giants.
His extensive background in sports administration saw him work for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for six years as an Events and Operations Manager.
Mayer then spent three years as Chief Executive Officer at the Manly Sea Eagles as well as a 10 month stint at French Rugby League Club, the Catalan Dragons.
During this time, Mayer crossed paths with current Wests Tigers NRL Coach Mick Potter who joined the Catalans Club late in the 2006 season.
Mayer said he was extremely honoured to be appointed to the CEO position.
“I am in a very fortunate position to have made a career out of something I love. I believe in the Wests Tigers and am confident that the Club is now moving in the right direction,’’ Mayer said.
“I am working overtime to ensure that we re-sign some of the game’s best young talent. I also want to ensure that Wests Tigers train and play out of the best facilities possible and that we continue to foster strong relationships with our corporate and membership base. These people are our lifeblood.
“There are some very exciting times ahead for Wests Tigers and I look forward to working with Chairman Mike Bailey, Deputy Chairman Nick Di Girolamo, and the Board to ensure we achieve the best possible results for this Club.”